Date: 26th October 2017 at 9:14am
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You might have heard an urban rumour this week that Bradford City took on Manchester City and won. Surely not, that has to be pure folk lore made up by the faeries. Well, a little known competition occurred at Valley Parade that very few people have actually heard of, the Football League Trophy (FLT). A competition that gives some fringe players a chance to play in front of a crowd and try and stake a claim, so how did it go?

Line up and number of appearances in 2017/18
Lukas Raeder (1)
Adam Thompson (7)
Jacob Hanson (3)
Luke Hendrie (8)
Nat Knight-Percival (17)
Tyrell Robinson (2)
Daniel Pybus (4)
Daniel Devine (3)
Shay McCartan (6)
Alex Jones (9)
Jordan Gibson (2)
Ellis Hudson (1) replaced Hendrie (45)
Alex Laird (1) replaced Hanson (77)
Patrick Omari (16) replaced Gibson (84)

Knight-Percival the player that stands out in the squad, but with Nat receiving his 5th yellow card last weekend, it was no surprise with McCall picking him as he will be suspended for the forthcoming match against Portsmouth. Raeder, Hudson and Laird finally made their Bantams’ debut and no surprise Jones starting upfront, a decent forward in his own right, but kept out of the regular starting 11 by Wyke and Poleon.

It wasn’t a surprise when Adam Thompson scored his first City goal on 18 minutes to put Bradford City ahead of their inexperienced and young Premiership opponents who combined have made 23 appearances this season with 2 goals amongst them at either first team competition or in the FLT and that is including last night’s game. Then to the thousand fans watching, it wasn’t much of a surprise when Alex Jones went joint 2nd leading City scorer this season doubling our lead just after the half hour mark. Half time score 2-0 to the home side, but the job was only half done. On 77 minutes Rabbi Motondo pulled 1 back for the Blues but it just wasn’t quite enough to deny the Bantams to get through to the knock out stages of the competition, full time score 2-1 to the good backed up with a bit of prize money.

Card watch
Not a single Bantam went into the book.

Ref watch
Scott Oldham was the referee that sent a man off on 5 minutes when we took on MK Dons a couple of weeks ago and seemed to be very card happy that day. So did Oldham exercise his book Tuesday evening? To be fair, he had a bit of a quiet game booking players, only 2 yellows were shown to Ed Francis and Taylor Richards, both for the away team. This season his stats show 13 games 28 yellows 2 reds.

Attendance
1260

2017/18 City Scorers
7 – Charlie Wyke
4 – Dominic Poleon, Romain Vincelot, Alex Jones
3 – Patrick Omari
2 – Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Paul Taylor
1 – Shay McCartan, Jacob Hanson, Matt Kilgallon, Tony McMahon, Adam Thompson

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Portsmouth (A) Sat 28th Oct
Chesterfield (H) Sat 4th Nov
Rotherham United (H) Tues 7th Nov
Plymouth Argyle (A) Sat 11th Nov
Wigan Athletic (A) Sat 18th Nov

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